Dead Bassist Phil Lesh

Dead Bassist Phil Lesh

Born March 15, 1940
Grateful Dead
Woodstock alum
…and much much more
Happy birthday to you!
The music never stopped
The Grateful Dead-Summer Solstice-Shoreline Amphitheatre 06/21/1989
Dead Bassist Phil Lesh
photo from: http://www.philzone.com/leshlinks/phil-lesh-bio.html

               We could simply say that Phil Lesh was the one and only bassist for the Grateful Dead and leave it at that. Is there more that you need to know?


               He was born in Berkeley, California and his first instrument was the violin, In high school he switched to the trumpet.  He eventually met Jerry Garcia and they became friends. Five years later, Jerry asked Phil to join the Warlocks and play bass.


               Since no one had instructed him on  how to play the bass, he developed his own style based on his musical preferences such as classical music and jazz.


               His contributions to the band were limited vocally and he composed few songs, but his musicianship was always an integral part of any Dead show.


               Because of technical issues, the Dead’s contribution to the lore of  the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was more symbolic than actual. They felt their performance was sub-par and so that has become the description. Having said that, the show was not terrible in any sense. The Dead simply didn’t have the chance to fly that night.


Phil Lesh discussed his early influences and more in the following video.

   


           In 1994, he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Grateful Dead.


               In 1995, after Jerrry Garcia died, the Grateful Dead stopped as a band, but each of the members continued to play music. Sometimes together, sometimes as solo artists.


Dead Bassist Phil Lesh

Phil Lesh non-stop


             Phil Lesh played with The Other Ones and The Dead, Dead and Company, as well as his own band collection, Phil Lesh and Friends. In 1999, he co-headlined a tour with Bob Dylan.  Check the link below to see all of his credits since 1995.


In the spring of 1997, Phil and friends launched the Unbroken Chain Foundation, “a nonprofit organization which seeks to perpetuate the long-standing tradition of community service that has been the hallmark of the remarkable three-decade relationship between the Grateful Dead and its audience.”


Dead Bassist Phil Lesh
photo from the Terrapin Crossroads site

In 2012, Lesh founded a music venue called Terrapin Crossroads, in San Rafael, California. The venue officially opened on March 17, of that year.


Dead Bassist Phil Lesh

Still playing…


To say Phil is a lifer is an understatement. He and Bob Wier are touring this spring:


Dead Bassist Phil Lesh


Dead Bassist Phil Lesh
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Sylvester Stewart Sly Stone

Sylvester Stewart Sly Stone

Happy birthday

March 15, 1943

Sylvester Stewart Sly Stone
photo: Martial Trezzini/Corbis
DJ
Band leader
Woodstock alum
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
Sylvester Stewart Sly Stone
from Woodstock dot com

               Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart was born on March 15, 1943, in Denton, Texas, and raised primarily in Vallejo, California. He sang with his family’s gospel group. As a teenager he sang doo wop.


               Around 1964, he started as a disc jockey at R & B radio station KSOL. He became known for mixing white artists into the station’s soul music format.


               At the same time, Stone began producing for the San Francisco-based label, Autumn Records. One of the hits Stone produced was Bobby Freeman’s “C’on an Swim.”


 


             Of course it was the formation of his own band 1966, Sly & the Stoners which later merged with his brother Freddie’s band to become Sly and the Family Stone. The band consisted of  bassist Larry Graham, trumpeter Cynthia Robinson, saxophonist Jerry Martini, and drummer Greg Errico,


               In October 1967, they released  their first album, “A Whole New Thing.”


               It was their resoundingly successful performance at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair as well as that performance’s inclusion in the following year’s movie and album that brought stardom.


Sylvester Stewart Sly Stone

Sly Stone


               That success also brought the availability of a life style that offered as many dangers as it did comforts and Sly Stone in particular indulged in the former.


               Sly and the Family Stone were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.


               He became homeless for awhile, but in 2015 a Los Angeles Supreme Court jury awarded him $5 million after  it found that Gerald “Jerry” Goldstein and Glenn Stone, his former manager and an entertainment lawyer, had cheated Stone out of over a decade’s worth of royalties.


But in 2016, the appellate court said the trial judge erred when it did not treat the assignment of royalties from Stone — legally Sylvester Stewart — to his deceased former manager Ken Roberts as a proven.


In July 2016, a California appeals court granted Stone’s former manager a new trial. (Law360 article)


Sylvester Stewart Sly Stone

Sly Stone, Sly Stone, Sly Stone, Sly Stone

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